What happens when your students hit a wall of confusion when subtracting across zeros? Uh, oh, there's nothing to borrow from and they just stop working.
But with this Subtraction Poem all the steps are included and students can easily get through tricky numbers. This is in bookmark form to save copies and create portability so students can keep it in their math book or bring it home for homework. Then ultimately they should have it memorized so they can use the subtraction steps during testing!
Check out this corresponding poster and anchor chart with the same poem.
Just a California girl, living in a teacher's world. I love teaching third grade in the Los Angeles area while creating and sharing awesome educational resources. I've been teaching elementary school since 2000, primarily in third grade but I have also taught second and fourth. I've been a part of Whole Brain Teaching for over a decade, and believe it is the best classroom management system out there. I enjoy being able to mentor new teachers in classroom behavior management and motivational techniques to excite and engage their learners.